Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 4, 2015

New Award for Historical Middle-Grade Fiction or Nonfiction

The winner of last weeks Book Give-Away for THE JUMBIES is Leslie Zampettis. Congratulations Leslie! Please send your address so Tracey can send you your prize.

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Did you have an historical fiction or non-fiction novel published between the beginning of 2014 to June of 2015? If so, you will be interested in submitting your book for consideration in the new book award, The Grateful American™ Book Prize, established to honor children’s books of fiction and nonfiction that feature the events and the people that shaped the history of the U.S. 

The Prize is open to any and all works of nonfiction and fiction that portray events and people in an historically accurate manner and that appeal to youngsters in the 7th through 9th grades.

A panel of judges will begin reviewing submissions now until August 31, 2015.  

The Prize will be awarded to the authors of books for children in grades seven through nine dealing with important moments and people in America’s history. The books can be works of fiction or non-fiction and will include illustrations to enhance the author’s words. We are looking for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration.
  • Books published in 2014 through June 2015 are eligible.
  • The plot of the book must focus on historic American events and/or personalities.
  • Writing style needs to appeal to young learners in grades seven through nine.
  • Works of fiction and non-fiction are eligible.
  • They must include illustrations that appeal to children in the seventh through ninth grades and reflect the highest standards of artistic creativity.
  • Historic accuracy is very important. Non-fiction works must describe events and individuals in a manner that is well researched and documented. Fictitious stories must accurately convey the times in which they are meant to occur.

According to Arizona State University Professors Nilsen and Donelson (2001): “As with any literary form, there are standards for judging historical novels. They should be historically accurate and steeped in the sense of time and place. We should recognize totems and taboos, food, clothing, vocations, leisure activities, customs, smells, religions, literature, and all that goes into making one time and one place unique from another.”

Deadline Augtust 31st, 2015

More information and application forms can be downloaded from the Great American™ Book Prize website.

Talk tomorrow,


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